Gove Airport (Airport Operations)

Operated and maintained by the Nhulunbuy Corporation, Gove Airport commenced operation in March 2005 and brings high quality transport services to remote East Arnhem Land. Gove Airport is serviced by Airnorth’s Darwin-Gove-Cairns return E170 jet service from Sunday to Friday and several turboprop services between Darwin and Gove throughout the week.  Many charter flights are available to the different communities throughout the region.

Shaped like an aircraft, the unique architecturally-designed terminal offers city-standard airport facilities to the estimated 100,000 passengers who currently travel to and from the Gove Peninsula each year.

The terminal building offers passengers a spacious, air-conditioned facility with an indoor baggage carousel. Dedicated security-restricted areas are available for commercial aircraft and a separate  area is available to smaller general aviation craft.

Drop off zones can be found outside the terminal, along with taxi and bus collection areas, car space for up to 78 vehicles and rental car parking area.

All fees associated with the Gove Airport can be found in our Schedule of Fees and Charges.


The Gove Airport is located on the site of the former RAAF Airfield Gove. This World War II airbase was built in 1943 and named for Pilot Officer William Gove who was killed in action near Maningrida. During the war, the airfield was used by No. 83 Squadron RAAF flying CAC Boomerangs and No. 13 Squadron RAAF flying Lockheed Venturas, with No. 42 Squadron RAAF operating PBY Catalina flying boats out of nearby Drimmie Head. At the height of operations, over 5,000 servicemen were stationed at the base.